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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Kong Heng, Ipoh

Short and simple post. Kong Heng coffee shop was, and still is, one of the most popular coffee shop in Ipoh. Situated in Old Town, it is located beside Thean Chun (famous for its chicken kuey teow soup, more on that next time), on Jalan Bandar Timah. Parking's horrendous during weekends, and even weekdays during office hours.
This shop has been around for ages. Really. Previously, when I was small, it was funny how every stall owner would swarm the customers as soon as they sit down, promoting their respective items. Especially noteworthy is the satay stall man, placing sticks after sticks of satay on your table, without you even requesting them, and leftovers would be kept for other customers. (Hmm, not so hygienic eh?)
Nowadays things slowed down slightly. Stall owners rarely swarm our table, just a few. As I'm working pretty near to this place, we come for breakfast often. The popiah (spring rolls) stall lady is selling laksa as well, pretty generous portion, but not my type. But the popiah tastes nice after all the years. She has 2 varieties, the fresh (Wet) one, and the fried version. Both are tasty, bigger portion than the ones from other stalls, but costing RM1.70 each. I prefer the fried ones, as the dried shrimp aroma is evident, and generous filling of turnip is a plus.
Other notable food include beef noodle (not nice), chicken kuey teow soup (pales in comparison to Thean Chun), Chicken/CharSiew Rice (so-so), and chee cheong fun (long time did not try, but tasted pretty good).


Jason said...

The satay is not as good as it used to be anymore. I still like the popiah though.

J2Kfm said...

yeah, the uncle kinda annoying last time. Heard some pretty gross stories, therefore din try them after so long also. =P

Anonymous said...

I remember this place very well as my dad works in the bank near there. Every Sat after he finished at 1pm, we'll go there makan all sort of things, often, this shop for popiah and laksa... then the next neighbouring shop for 'gai xi hor fun'.
I remember the stall owners being very hospitable,also, they know my dad personally...however, a few summers ago when I went back for nostalgic visit, the place is not as busy.
The stall owners complain of the bleak economy, the place being not as boisterous and merry as it used to be...what a pity :(

Anonymous said...

The only place where I'd avoid satay. It is very disgusting for that old man to throw around sticks of satay like that. Unhygienic is an understatement. Not to mention I've heard countless feedbacks that the satay is dry and hard. There are better satays out there.

J2Kfm said...

yeah, agreed that the place has somewhat lost its lustre. but come weekend/public holidays, you'll be lucky to be able to find a seat here!

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